China's fast neutron reactor test run succeeds

14:54, July 21, 2011      

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China has scored a major breakthrough in nuclear technology. Its first experimental fast neutron reactor has successfully integrated into the North China grid, laying the foundation for future consumer use.

Today's test run was conducted with a capacity of 65 megawatts. It's the main force of the world's fourth generation nuclear reactors. The technology raises the uranium energy efficiency from 1 percent up to 60 percent. This means nuclear waste from the second or third generation nuclear reactors could be recycled.

Experts say the technology also means even small uranium deposits will be worth exploring. China started research in the field in the 1960s, and is now one of the several countries that owns the technology independently.

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